Privatized P3 hospital disaster: Brampton residents bring a warning to North Bay



    NORTH BAY, ON, June 19 /CNW/ - North Bay's privatized P3 hospital
troubles have only begun, if the experience of Brampton residents with the
same kind of hospital is any indication. "Brampton's privatized P3 hospital
has been a financial disaster, with cost overruns and cuts to medical
services," said Brampton resident Dora Jeffries today, as she gave a warning
to North Bay.
    "Costs have spiralled from $350 million to $550 million - and now to
$900 million! Meanwhile, the hospital is opening with fewer beds than
promised, 479 instead of 608. The multinational investors behind the deal are
guaranteed a $240 million profit. And Brampton's second hospital is threatened
with closure if the city doesn't pass tax increases to pay $127 million
towards the private lobbyists' profits."
    "The financial model of the North Bay hospital is exactly the same. If
you continue down this path, North Bay is looking at delays and cost overruns,
and vast sums of public money funnelled to lawyers and multinational private
investors. P3 privatization of your hospital will be at the expense of medical
services and local control."
    "North Bay is already starting to taste the government's deception
tactics," said Natalie Mehra of the Ontario Health Coalition. In Brampton, the
government has practiced deception at every stage to railroad this project
through at the expense of the community and for the sake of private lobbyists.
First they lowballed the costs for the privatized P3 hospital. And they used
misleading comparisons to the fully public alternative - the government's own
consultants told them they had overstated the cost of the public hospital by
$300 million to make the privatized P3 hospital look better. Then they
deceived Brampton about the scope and speed of the community contribution -
they said Brampton would have 25 years to raise it, but just 3 years after the
deal was signed, they said Brampton had to raise the contribution by October
2007."
    Sheena Nesbitt, of the North Bay Health Coalition, said, "North Bay is
using the same financial model as Brampton to build our hospital and we will
experience the same damage to our community's healthcare as a result - which
is a reduction in beds, services and staff. The one thing that won't be
reduced is the vast private profits the multinational investors will make at
our healthcare's expense.
    "With an election coming, politicians are listening and we need to make
our voices heard. North Bay residents can let politicians know they do not
want any further privatization of our new hospital and we do not want any more
private P3 hospitals to be built in Ontario. We're asking all residents in the
North Bay area to come out and sign pledges this Saturday June 23 saying that
they will vote to keep Ontario's hospitals 100 per cent public this coming
election."





For further information:

For further information: Dora Jeffries, (905) 451-9077, Brampton Health
Coalition; Natalie Mehra, (416) 230-6402, Ontario Health Coalition; Sheena
Nesbitt, (705) 476-9534, North Bay Health Coalition,
northbayhealthcoalition@gmail.com

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